The Cuckoo’s Calling- A Book Review

Blerb:

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.


 

Details of book:

Paperback, 449 pages
Published April 18th 2013 by Little Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2013)
Original Title: The Cuckoo’s Calling
ISBN 10: 1408704005 (ISBN13: 9781408704004)
Edition Language: English
Setting: London, England , 2010 (United Kingdom)
Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Nominee (2013)
Thanks GoodReads!


First off, I am going to review this book as if the author is Robert Galbraith, not J.K Rowling, lest it be biased or especially negative. I’ve seen reviews of this after it was revealed Rwoling wrote it and all positive stuff went off. Plus, it did not even feel like Rowling wrote it. So I am not going to compare it with the Harry Potter books because those were legendary.
This is set in the very modern society, in the glitz and glamour of the London celebrity scene. The blurb has already revealed the main plot; Lula Landry a super(SUPER) model who fell to her death, whether on purpose or killed. Me, being a very curios person, has tried to solve everything in the newspapers or online or whatever paparazzi stuff I can find. I have read many children’s mystery books which explored every(when I say every, I mean EVERY.) aspect of a criminal mind, a crime. If you’ve done all of that and more(the Sherlock fandom makes me guess and solve everything!), the ending will be expected. I don’t know! I read it halfway and I had the answer which made everything kind of boring along the way.
The writing was also pretty blunt. It was mostly showing but occasionally telling, but the fact that it is a crime novel, telling kinds of shits things up. The characters were so unimaginable, I imagined Strike to be a beer-belly old man and John Bristow to be a whiny rich little boy. Little! I’m not kidding you! They said he had buck teeth? and what, fidgety fingers? The story kind of flowed weirdly, with breaks in the middle here and there when the main characters are apart from each other, so the end up TELLING us what happened in the breaks.
On a positive note, the storyline was actually interesting and thrilling; it keeps you moving forward and stops you from putting the book down. The new mind-f**king informations were the things that kept the interest alive. The informations were like private snippets on others’ lives so I was pretty happy with that. The thing with Mystery books is that they give you conflicting evidences or accounts and you think and overlap them, make sense of them. Which is very fun and good! I had a lot of fun receiving the new evidences and trying to piece them together and uncover new meanings and all. The lying is another fun part! Face it. Mystery book characters are the least trust-able. I wrecked my brains, trying to pick out the words or actions the characters did that might suggest dishonesty which was a hell lot of fun and frustration. Frustration if the information a person gives just screws  the perfect picture or scenario you thought could have happened and you have to question: who is the lying bastard. This was really really fun, because mystery. Another thing is the creeping up on you scary information when you think: what if someone was there? Which makes me very scared. Very.
Other than that, the main themes (probably racism, money, fame, lust,  seven deadly sins) were displayed not too obviously but obviously. Racism could be seen in the way Lula (supermodel remember? she’s black by the way) felt like she did not belong in a family of white people, and how people treat blacks like shit, thinking they always do crimes, always have no money. Money and fame are all in the package of the celebrity scene, and it is shown to be a bitch(one of the antagonists maybe?). Strike displays the 7 deadly sins all the time(on second thoughts, I don’t think it’s a main theme), lusting after women, greedy in taking money, jealous at his ex, and all that.
The Cuckoo’s Calling is like any other mystery novels, only weirder and more twisted, so do check it out. But please. Do not diss it or compare it with any other Rowling books because it’s her writing. You should just think its Galbraith. Which is easy. The fact that it doesn’t sound like Rowling.
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2 thoughts on “The Cuckoo’s Calling- A Book Review

    • I didn’t feel all the thrills looking at the cover but yes, it was okay, it brought out the right questions in your head. Casual Vacancy’s startling red and yellow cover gave off a very alarming feel and I guess it’s relevant to the book but it may not be pleasing to the eyes. 🙂

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